When asked of his political affiliation, Will Rogers famously said, "I am not a member of any organized political party, I am a Democrat." On another occasion when asked to explain the differences in the American political parties he said, "Democrats never agree on anything, that's why they're Democrats. If they agreed with each other, they'd be Republicans." 

Oh my how things have changed!

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AuthorDavid Crawford

Last week we informed you that three important issues to the design & construction community were left to be resolved by the General Assembly before they adjourned for the remainder of the year. At that time we asked for your help in informing your legislators about these issues. Since the Legislature adjourned - sort of - for the year (see the last post in this blog) we wanted to give you an update on where these issues stand.

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AuthorDavid Crawford

LEGISLATIVE ACTION ALERT

You've seen the press accounts about the NC General Assembly clumsily working its way to a resolution on the budget. Both chambers are making moves to indicate that the end of the "short" session is near and a deal may be close to wrap up this year's legislative activity.

While most of the media attention has been focused on teacher pay and medicaid reform, a number of other items have found their way to the finish line that need the attention of the design & construction community.

With all three of the following issues, time is of the essence. Many legislators are indicating that there is only one week left before they leave Raleigh for the year.

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AuthorDavid Crawford

Make your plans now to join AIA North Carolina and our strategic partners in the North Carolina Recovery Coalition, Carolinas AGC, ACEC NC, and PENC for the 2014 NC Legislative Day in Raleigh, May 28.  

AIANC Legislative Day and Luncheon

Date: Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Locations and Times:

  • AIA NC Center for Architecture & Design Check-in and Leg Briefing: 9:00 am – 10:30 am
  • North Carolina General Assembly Legislative Visits: 10:30 am – 12:30 pm
  • AIA NC Center for Architecture & Design (Legislative Luncheon): 12:30 pm – 2 pm

Registration Deadline: Register online here before Friday, May 16

Cost: Free for AIA North Carolina Members

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AuthorDavid Crawford

On Tuesday March 11, the North Carolina Building Code Council voted 9-6 to institute a 6-year building code adoption cycle ditching our present 3-year cycle. The action included an exception for the National Electrical Code (NEC), which the Council agreed to keep on a 3-year track.

AIA North Carolina has released a letter in opposition to the pending action in the North Carolina Building Code Council to increase the code cycle to 6 years.

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AuthorDavid Crawford

Architect Lous Cherry, FAIA is under construction on a Raleigh Historic Development Commission approved home in the Oakwood District in Downtown Raleigh. The approval of this house was recently overturned by the Raleigh Board of Adjustments due to outcry from neighbors in the Raleigh area.

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AuthorKeri Dixon

Coming out of the 2013 Legislative Session, HB 628 (now session law 242) made a number of modifications to what designers could consider in terms of sustainability when undertaking state construction projects. Specifically, the bill dealt with the use of the LEED rating system in considering North Carolina produced construction material and energy efficiency as an element of construction cost vs. long-term payback.

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AuthorDavid Crawford